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District 26-3A coaches foresee another tight race

By MIKE FORMAN
Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:28 a.m.


Yoakum Bulldogs

Coach: Brent Kornegay

Years at current school: 5

Record at current school: 20-23

Years as head coach: 11

Overall record: 58-50

Last year's record: 6-5, 3-2 district

Last playoff appearance: 2012, Division II bi-district

Returning starters: FB Terrance Hall, ATH TreVontae Hights, WR/LB T.J. Hights, QB Chase Hermes, RB/K Reagan Jacobs, S Timmy Blakeney, DE Jacob Linn, DE Clay Morris.

Coach: Travis Reeve

Years at current school: 2

Record at current school: 5-6

Years as head coach: 2

Last year's record: 5-6, 3-2 district

Last playoff appearance: 2012, Division II bi-district

Returning starters: OL/DL Tel Holland, WR/DB D'Andre Gallagher, TB/FS D'Anthony Hopkins, LB/FB Layne Balfanz, WS/QB Hunter Fales, DE/TE Colby Ebrom, DB/WR Tristan Barefield.

Gonzales Apaches

Coach: Ricky Lock

Years at current school: 5

Record at current school: 34-11

Years as head coach: 18

Overall record: 111-71

Last year's record: 6-4, 2-3 district

Last playoff appearance: 2011, Division I area

Returning starters: C/DT Zach Perez-Clack, OG/LB J.T. Miller, OG/LB Damien Airhart, OT/DE Jordan Johnson, RB/OLB D.J. Gonzales, OT/DT Tyler Filla, WR/CB Darrance James, OLB Alyas Ramirez.

Yoakum and Cuero had to win their final District 26-3A games to advance to the playoffs last season.

The Gobblers defeated district champion La Grange, and the Bulldogs beat Giddings to earn postseason spots.

Yoakum coach Brent Kornegay wouldn't be surprised if this season's district race goes down to the last week.

"I think the district as a whole is going to be just as good," he said. "La Grange, Gonzales are good, and Cuero is going to be Cuero, throw us in there, and Giddings has good skill kids. I don't see it any different than what we saw last year."

Cuero's win over La Grange meant no team went through the district undefeated, and Reeve wouldn't be surprised with a similar finish this season.

"I don't think anybody is head and shoulders above anybody else," he said. "I think it's very possible. Every team is very even. It makes for an exciting race and difficult to go undefeated."

Gonzales missed out on the playoffs after losing to La Grange and Smithville by a combined three points.

"We were in good shape and then we had three injuries that really devastated us," said Gonzales coach Ricky Lock. "It was tough to swallow. I think our kids are anxious to get back on the field."

The number of playoff teams will increase from three to four this season.

Smithville would have been the fourth team last season by virtue of its 16-14 win over Gonzales on the final week of district play.

"I expect this district to be very competitive just like last year," Reeve said. "You have several teams with a lot of kids back. It's a matter of who plays the best each week."

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